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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Button Quilt Blocks

I went through my collection of buttons yesterday and it's a good thing I decided to do some "button blocks"! I didn't have them all in one container or one place so I didn't realize how many I had! Some of my buttons are actually collectibles and I put them to the side thinking I wouldn't use them, I would just enjoy having them. Ha! What good is having them in a box that I forget about! I will be using them on this quilt:

Button Block 1

Several of the buttons on this block are Vegetable Ivory. To learn more about it click here. I have quite a nice collection of Vegetable Ivory buttons and I'm sure I'll be using more of them on upcoming blocks.

When I finished up the blue one, I started another:

Button Block 2

I'll stitch on this some more later. Several of my readers asked me if this quilt would be as large as Sharon's quilt. To be honest, I don't really have a plan. And that's probably a first. My intention was to stitch a few blocks and use my buttons as a focal point, and do these small ones in between larger projects. I will definitely put them into a quilt but it's also become what I would call a "purposeless project". While stitching yesterday, I realized that I was stitching for the sake of creating. Not to "get something done" or keep my "idle hands busy" or because "I don't have anything better to do with myself" or because I needed another "purse fix". I felt like I was stitching for the sole purpose of enjoying my own creativity. So I guess I'll know how many blocks there will be when I get tired of doing them.

Apparently, this is another "Crazy Quilt Journey". I hope you'll all come along for the ride!

For now, I decided to do some treadling on my beautiful antique sewing machine and piece up a few more 6 inch blocks. I have to tell you, if you've never sewn on a treadle machine, there is nothing like it! It's no more difficult than using an electric machine and oh what fun it is making that treadle peddle go!!


Louisiana Momma said...

your button blocks are beautiful .. stitching just for the sake of it is refreshing isn't it :-)

Allison Ann Aller said...

Very nicely put..."Just enjoying my own creativity"! The results reflect that, too.
Treadling must be something like floor-loom weaving...where the legs and the feet are involved as well as the eyes, the arms and the hands...and then there is the is a full body experience!

Anonymous said...

Pam, your work is always stunning! How DO you get things done so quickly??? Debbie

Judy S. said...

The blue block turned out great! And the green one's going to be just as nice. I love looking at your work!

Lisa said...

Your button block 2 (in lovely shades of green!) is just gorgeous! I've just started working on a crazy quilt square but I have a long way to go! Your work is inspiring!

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